For July, however, I have assembled a mix of rising stars and the top-tier talents blasting the airwaves soon and making the first dents in my new monthly article for SMRI Productions, The Music Landing. Let’s begin.
Kaleidoscope EP – July 14, 2017
The Kaleidoscope EP is Coldplay’s thirteenth EP. Wild, right? It’s going to serve as a sidekick, if you will, to their seventh studio album, A Head Full of Dreams. With multi-Grammy award winning British producer Rik Simpson by their side, I trust that this EP is going to be amazing. Their promotional single for this EP, “All I Can Think About Is You“, reminds me of their single “Magic” from the Ghost Stories album. However, it’s a song that really takes you to a different world. The lyric video brings Chris’ words to life. The band paired up with electronic duo The Chainsmokers to record “Something Just Like This”, which hit the top five of the Billboard Top 100 charts in its second week.
Night & Day – July 14, 2017
Do you like One Direction? Do you enjoy vague lyrics about loving people, being young and wild, and break-up songs sang as if they’re sensually whispering sadness into a straw that’s connected to your ear drum? Then you like The Vamps. Check out their new album Night and Day if all of that sounds like you.
Everything Now – July 28, 2017
This Canadian, Grammy winning, indie rock group has intrigued me since their sophomore album Neon Bible. Each album they’ve come out with since has had something about it that I have gravitated toward and listened to over and over again. Their new single “Creature Comfort” from their new album Everything Now is one of those songs. It’s catchy and manages to (somehow) combine profound post-modern lyricism with happy dance music. There is more to this song though. In the description of their YouTube video for “Creature Comfort” they also have a link to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). If you listen to the lyrics though, you can completely understand. I don’t believe they are promoting or glamorizing the thoughts, attempts, or the actions of suicide – it’s simply their musical commentary on the subject. With all that said, I am looking forward to having the rest of this album to comb through and enjoy.
Good For You – July 28, 2017
Don’t worry. I read his name as anime at first too. Aminé made his mark with his single “Caroline” last year. His video for this hit has over 170 million views on YouTube and nearly 235 million plays on Spotify. SPIN has described his latest single “REDMERCEDES” as sounding like “Sage the Gemini doing a song with Swizz Beatz”. Odd combo, but it sounds good. I expect to see that song on his new album, Good For You. This album is being hyped up on the internet right now.
This doesn’t have too much to deal with the album, but I follow the “internet’s busiest music nerd”, Anthony Fantano, on Twitter and YouTube, and I’ve been seeing him and Aminé tweet back and forth. It’s great.
Zero Days – July 28, 2017
Prong – the thrash metal band that has inspired many musicians, including Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Korn’s Jonathan Davis, is releasing their new album Zero Days. From the sound of their single “However It May End“, I can tell that they have kept to their roots while also sounding modern. Prong’s front-man and producer of this album, Tommy Victor, talked with Blabbermouth.net saying that he “wanted this record to be modern as well as holding justice to all the previous releases”. The single has great lyrics, heavy riffs, and explosive drums. I’m ready for the full album.
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